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What happens when I apply to be a Fosterer?

Have you considered fostering for the Branch however unsure on what to expect? Here is our fostering process starting from our application process, all the way to getting your first animal to care for. We have also added some FAQ’s and some useful links too!

Step 1: Apply

Once you have applied via our website, your application goes through to the Customer & Volunteering Services Officer (CVSO) who will evaluate your application. The CVSO deals with the recruitment of volunteers and any administrative tasks that is required for the volunteer. To find out more about their role, click here.

Our volunteer applications tend to be monitored on a Thursday and Friday, so please do not worry if you do not hear anything immediately. We will get to yours as soon as we can!

Step 2: Informal chat

If your application meets the criteria, the CVSO will be in touch via email to ask you for a suitable time for an informal chat. This is a great opportunity for you to get to know us, and for us to get to know you too! You can ask as many questions as you like and we will explain everything you need to know regarding the next steps.

Step 3: Request references 

If the informal chat goes well and everyone is happy, we will the request the references you provided us on your application form. We will require two references to proceed with the application.

Step 4: Virtual home visit

Once we have received your references, your details will be passed to a member of the Animal Welfare Team who will then arrange a virtual home check to ensure everything is suitable for the type of animal you are looking at fostering. This is nothing to worry about and is also another great opportunity for you to ask the team any questions you may have.

Step 5: Branch induction

Once you have passed your home check, you will be invited to a Branch induction where you will have the opportunity to meet some of the team. You will also receive a volunteering pack and some documents to sign. The CVSO will go through all of this with you and will answer any questions you may have.

Please note that, due to current restrictions around Covid-19, Branch inductions are done via telephone until further notice.

Step 6: You are a fosterer! 

Congratulations, you are now registered as a fosterer for our Branch. A member of the Animal Welfare Team will now be your main contact however you can still contact the CVSO if you have any queries or issues. You will be contacted by a member of the AWT when they have an animal that requires a foster home. You can either accept or decline, it is entirely up to you!

So now you know the application process, below are just some of our frequently asked questions. However if you would like a further chat before you apply, please email volunteering@rspcanorwich.org and we will be happy to help!

Fostering an animal means you are temporarily looking after an animal that is owned by the Branch. The Branch will supply everything the animal needs whilst in your care and all the relevant veterinary treatment will also be covered.

Adopting an animal means you are taking on full ownership of the animal and once the paperwork has been signed, that animal then becomes your responsibility.

No, you cannot come and pick out a particular animal however you may specify what type of animal you are able to foster such as dogs, cats or small animals. We will contact you to let you know when we have an animal that needs fostering and will ask you if you are able to accept, however you do not have to say yes every time. Please be aware though, that too many declines may result in someone else being asked first.                                                                           

There is no set time scale for fostering as this really depends on the animal itself. Every situation is different however, we will ask you for your availability before we give you an animal to foster. If you have any holidays booked, let us know so we can plan ahead. This will also help us decide what animal may be best for you to foster, due to your availability.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

No, all equipment, medication and food is supplied by the Branch and we will restock this as and when required. Any toys or enrichment equipment will be brought and supplied based on Branch funds. If you need to attend an emergency vet appointment, the vets will invoice the Branch directly; no costs will need to be paid up front at the time of any vet appointment. If you start to run out of supplies, please give us a minimum of 7 days notice so we can restock these for you.

Emma MillsWhat happens when I apply to be a Fosterer?